Disciplined to Pray

Bob Bouwer

Read: 1 Peter 4:7-11

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. (v. 7)

According to a Baptist Board discussion about a Barna study some years ago, the average Christian prays about one minute a day, whereas the average pastor prays about five to ten minutes a day. Whatever the actual time is that we spend praying, what would happen if we prayed more than we do?

Whenever you see people of prayer, you see kingdom movement. In the Bible, Daniel was prepared to give up his life rather than give up praying three times a day. The disciples ended up in jail for preaching and praying for healing in Jesus’ name. Jesus Christ himself prayed through the night before his suffering and death on the cross. Look at prayer’s impact!

How long has it been since you had meaningful time with the Lord? Why not try something new with prayer, become disciplined about it, and see what God does? How true the saying, “When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.” I challenge you to pray powerful prayers. Become creative. Go for a walking prayer. Go for a running prayer. Write out your prayers for a month. Call a few friends for an early morning hour of prayer. Pray over each of your children while they sleep. Gather with Christian friends, put a chair in the middle of the room, and put each person in the chair to pray for them. If the end is near, shouldn’t we pray? —Bob Bouwer

Prayer: Lord, fill us with your Spirit’s desire to pray. Amen.